Topics: American Old West, History, Native American, South Dakota
Program Types: Book Club to Go, One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s)
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South Dakota During the Progressive Era
Tennant places events occurring in South Dakota within the period known as the Progressive Era. Topics include women’s suffrage in South Dakota, political figures such as Peter Norbeck, the impact of the Populist movement on the state and the Progressive Era, and legislation regarding the state’s economy, workers, education, tourism, and more. The program is intended for high school students and the general public.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
This program can easily be adjusted to cover various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition depending on a group’s specific interest (e.g., American Indians, wildlife, military, food/nutrition, medicine, members, et cetera). The program can be adapted for any audience.
On This Day In South Dakota History
Tennant features topics from a wide range of events associated with South Dakota history. The program is suited for junior high/high school audiences and the general public. Emphasis is placed on how events were connected to not only state history but also United States and world history. The program is based on his book On This Day In South Dakota History, which is part of a state series published by The History Press.
This program includes the history and culture of the Arikara, their role in intertribal trade, the impact of disease, their encounter with Lewis and Clark, and their conflicts with the U.S. government from 1807 to the 1820s. The program can be adapted for any audience.